|Washington D.C. goes white. Hey, it's what Lincoln wanted|
The number of African Americans residing in the District plummeted by more than 11 percent during the past decade, with blacks on the verge of losing their majority status in the city for the first time in half a century.
According to census statistics released Thursday, barely 50 percent of the District’s population was African American in 2010 — a remarkable shift in a place once nicknamed “Chocolate City.”
The black population dropped by more than 39,000 over the decade, down to 301,000 of the city’s 601,700 residents. At the same time, the non-Hispanic white population skyrocketed by more than 50,000 to 209,000 residents, almost a third higher than a decade earlier.
The census statistics showed a steeper change for both blacks and whites than had been estimated. With the city ‘s black population dropping by about 1 percent a year, African Americans might already be below the 50 percent mark in the city.
In a city that prides itself on being a hub of black culture and politics, a majority of residents have been black since whites began moving to the suburbs en masse at the end of World War II. By 1970, seven out of 10 Washingtonians were black.
The loss of blacks comes at a time when the city is experiencing a rebound, reversing a 60-year-long slide in population and adding almost 20,000 new residents between 2000 and 2010.
With this influx of white people and displacement of Black people has come an unexpected – in the opinion of so-called “experts” – drop in violent crime. The connection between gentrification, Black people being priced out of D.C. and a rapidly expanding, law abiding white population never dawns on these criminologists. It’s a good thing the Washington Bullets changed their name to the Wizards, as the name better reflects the burgeoning population.
The demographic change is the result of almost 15 years of gentrification that has transformed large swaths of Washington, especially downtown. As housing prices soared, white professionals priced out of neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle began migrating to predominantly black areas such as Petworth and Brookland.
Of course, not everyone is happy about the melting of the “Chocolate City” into a palatable “Vanilla Metropolis” and these shrieking voices longing for yesterday’s crime-filled D.C. are forced into a hysterical situation; defending low-class Black behavior that is being displaced:
Some say the precipitous decline in the number of African Americans is alarming.
“We’re going to stop this trend — gentrification,” said D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). “We can’t displace old-time Washingtonians.”
“The key to keeping this city black is jobs, jobs, jobs for black people so they can have a better quality of life in neighborhoods in the city,” he added. “I believe in integration, but I don’t believe in the apartheid we have in Ward 8. You don’t see corner stores in Ward 3. You don’t see the liquor stores.”
Barry, the four-term mayor who emerged from the civil rights movement, also faulted Congress for overturning a residency requirement for local government workers in 1988. That, he said, helped build up what he called “Ward 9,” referring to Prince George’s County.
“We can’t keep people from moving, but if we had a residency requirement, we could keep government workers from moving,” Barry said.
Anthony A. Williams said that, during his two terms as mayor, he made a concerted effort to attract new residents and businesses to pay taxes and generate revenue for a city in decline.
“When you’re the mayor, you’re not God,” Williams said. “It’s very frustrating. When you’re in public service, you’re there to promote diversity and harmony, but on the other hand, you want to help your city economically. Sometimes, they come at cross purposes.”
The saturation of “Ward 9” or Prince Georges County with Black government workers has been a nightmare. It has exposed that the so-called Best Black County is a horrible fraud. Failed schools, high crime rates, dwindling property value and astronomical levels of foreclosure show that the artificial Black middle-class created through government crumbles under it s own watch.
Not to mention that Wal-Mart’s attempt to open a store in a still majority Black area of Washington D.C. was greeted with this hilarious slip of truth:
By contrast, in the scruffy blocks around the corner of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road in Northeast Washington, where the first of four Wal-Marts planned for the District would probably be built, the residents have more immediate, street-level concerns.
First, would a new Wal-Mart there really stock the same quality of food and products as its stores do in better-off, suburban communities?
"I'll believe it when I see it," Mya Harris, 24, said skeptically. "Sure, you can put the store here, but what are they going to put inside it?"
Second, and I was amazed when this anxiety was aired in fully half the interviews, residents worry that the store would suffer severely or even fail because of petty theft."There'll probably be a lot of shoplifting going on. They'll need a lot of security," Terriea Sutton, 35, said.
Brenda Speaks, a Ward 4 ANC commissioner, actually urged blocking construction of the planned store in her ward at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW partly because of that risk. Addressing a small, anti-Wal-Mart rally at City Hall on Monday, Speaks said young people would get criminal records when they couldn't resist the temptation to steal.
Wal-Mart said District residents needn't be so self-critical. Although security is "always a concern and a focal point for all stores, there is no more concern over these District locations than any other store locations," company spokesman Steven Restivo said.
No one wants to live around Black people. Not even Black people who have accumulated the means to move away from majority Black cities and counties where crime, bad schools and shuttered malls are byproduct of the environment thanks to that Black population. This is an increasingly obvious truth.
It’s not legal to discriminate when it comes to housing in Black Run America (BRA), but it is legal to use the power of capitalism to acquire the necessary capital to price Black people out of a city. It’s happening in D.C., Atlanta, New York City and San Francisco.
Disingenuous White Liberals are doing this all across America, while Black people head to the suburbs in massive numbers. The so-called Sailer Strategy is doomed to fail. “White Flight” can only go so far before it becomes unfeasible to operate a business and raise a family; the “Black Undertow” will always follow success, forcing "White Flight" to once again abandon a decade-old Whitopia.
Then again, so is the experiment called Black Run America (BRA) that is falling apart before our eyes. Just like Communism in the old Soviet Union, people are beginning to stop believing in its omnipotent power.
And the continued conversion of Washington D.C. into a “Vanilla Metropolis” is a sign that DWLs faith in BRA is fading fast.